2020 SMPF Banquet Status

Dear Members and valued supporters of South Metro Pheasants Forever:

We wanted to update everyone on our Banquet Status and Education & Outreach plans.

Banquet Status:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to postpone our 2020 banquet until March 13, 2021. It simply is not practical for us to try to commit to a venue and rescheduled date for 2020. Your health and wellbeing, as well as ours is our biggest concern.  As you know, we are a non-profit organization and we depend upon donations from you, our Pheasants Forever family, to fund our habitat and outreach projects every year. Our annual banquet is our primary source of funding for the entire year.

Sponsors – We appreciate your support! While there is no banquet this year, sponsoring the Chapter will help fund our habitat and outreach efforts. If you would be willing to leave your sponsorship money as a donation this year, we will put you into our sponsor drawings, as we do at our banquet. If you are a sponsor that automatically receives a gun, you will get that and still be in the other drawings. We will also have three other door prizes and guns that you will be in a drawing for, if you have bought a table, your guests will be in this drawing. If you do not want to be a sponsor for the 2020 year we will send you a refund. 

Non-sponsor Members – We appreciate your support! If you are willing to make your banquet money a donation this year we will put you into a special drawing for three guns. That is 3 chances to win a gun. If you would rather receive a refund for the 2020 year we will send you one.

Our deadline for this is August 16th and we will be doing the drawing August 23rd. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you want to go ahead and leave your money as a donation and participate in the drawing. We appreciate all you do to help with our passion for conservation and outreach projects. We could not do any of this without you. 

Please don’t hesitate to email or call with any questions or if you would like a refund. We are very saddened at the turn of events this year and look forward to hopefully seeing you all next year!  Our 2021 Banquet is scheduled for March 13, 2021 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows.

If you have not yet sent money in and would like to be in the drawings and support the Chapter, please do this by August 16th. Please note, these charitable donation WILL NOT carry over to the 2021 banquet. We will be providing our normal registration process starting January 2021.

All the memberships purchased as part of your 2020 banquet package have been processed to continue your membership benefits.

The Banquet Committee is looking into conducting an online auction to help supplant our funding shortfall this year. More to come… Please contact Dean Titterington at 303-981-4642 or DLT2727@aol.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Education & Outreach Events:

Many of our outreach events are conducted in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) at Barr Lake State Park. The August events were mutually agreed to cancel per CPW and the Chapter.

LAugust 8th – Mentor Day at Barr Lake – CANCELLED
August 23rd – Shotgun Clinic at Barr Lake – CANCELLED

September 19th – Shotgun Clinic at Barr Lake – Still Scheduled
October 4th – Shotgun Clinic at Barr Lake – Still Scheduled
October 18th – Novice Hunt at Valhalla – Still Scheduled

In addition to the obvious health considerations, one critical determining factor for conducting the scheduled hunts is the number of PF Volunteers we have available to facilitate the event. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AND COMFORTABLE VOLUNTEERING please contact Dean Titterington at 303-981-4642 or DLT2727@aol.com.

Chapter Meetings

For now our in-person Chapter meetings at Cabela’s are on hold.

We are continuing to adhere to all local and statewide health requirements as we consider all event and meeting planning. Please be safe out there and we all look forward to someday returning to “normal”.

Thank you,

David King, President
South Metro Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever

Pollinators at Barr Lake State Park

In the fall of 2019, Pheasants Forever, Colorado Division of Wildlife and Barr Lake State Park, using a grant funded by Colorado Partners in the Outdoors, planted several plots of pollinators at Barr Lake State Park. These pictures are of some of the plants have gently cared for through the winter and are doing great! Note that there are butterflies in one of the pictures. In addition to the butterflies, honey bees, bumble bees, and other visitors have enjoyed the project. This is a great example of how partnerships create habitat for all of us!!

Please drop by Barr Lake visitors center and see the pollinators!!

Oil & Gas Hunt on February 28, 2020

On February 28, 2020, our chapter hosted a hunt for women in the Oil and Gas Industry in Colorado.  We are committed to creating a community of women dedicated to carrying on our upland traditions and the Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever mission. 

Follow this link to learn more about the Women on the Wing initiative.

Creating New Pheasant Habitat in the Wake of CRP Losses

Corners for Conservation

By Christina Schmidt

Just two years into the Corners for Conservation (C4C) program in northeast Colorado, Jerry Miller, a Pheasants Forever Farm Bill biologist, is hearing good things. He’s hearing from landowners pleased with the ease of sign up and the reliability of annual payments for their conservation efforts. He hears from hunters, excited about new hunting opportunities in previously inaccessible areas. But perhaps the most important feedback he receives is when he walks the enrolled fields and hears the calls of pheasants, bobwhites, meadowlarks, lark bunting and the busy hum of bees and pollinators.

“These acres are truly alive with all kinds of insects, birds, small animals and large animals like mule deer,” he said.

Corners for Conservation aka C4C

C4C began in 2016 when a team of representatives from Pheasants Forever and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), alarmed by the loss of almost 50,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) fields in four of Colorado’s top five pheasant counties, developed a partnership to address the habitat loss and increase hunter access.

The program works because of the geometric realities of farming on the high-desert plains. Land here is divided into 640-acre sections, and then further into 160-acre quarter sections that create a checkerboard pattern of corn, wheat, sugar beet and sunflower fields. While most crops are grown with natural precipitation, called dryland farming, some are watered by center-pivot irrigation systems which miss the outlying 7 to 8 acres in each corner of the square.

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